Going Home

The average length of stay following surgery is two hours, but this may be much shorter for children or adults who have brief procedures. You must have someone give you a ride home and arrange to have someone stay with you following surgery.

Also, for the first 24 hours after surgery, follow your doctor’s instructions carefully and:

  • Don’t stay alone.
  • Don’t operate an automobile or other power equipment.
  • Don’t sign legal documents or make important decisions.
  • Don’t care for a dependent person.
  • Don’t drink alcohol or take any medication that your doctor didn’t prescribe.